Have a birthday and a gift card - where should I go. In years past the easy answer was Union Square cafe imo but no longer.
Since it is a special occasion meal was thinking a cocktail to start and a bottle of wine (but nothing egregious - just a nice solid food pairing bottle). Also likely not going to order a burger no matter if it is NYC's best (like burgers, but doesn't feel up to the occasion). Generally am delighted by little innovative things in appetizers, amuse bouche, dessert and like my entree to be really well executed even if more classic.